Sustainable Energy Monitor: What We're Reading in December

12/25/2018

156 major brands going 100% renewable

Among many leaders driving change towards a 100% renewable energy future, find these 156 major global companies—each of whom have pledged to go 100% renewable in the near future.  [Arcadia Power]

Looking Back On The Energy Efficiency Policy Legacy Of George H.W. Bush

In light of the recent passing of former President George H. W. Bush, the Alliance to Save Energy reflects specifically on energy efficiency policy from his term in office. In particular, two pieces of legislation he signed into law have had long-lasting and positive effects on federal energy efficiency policy: the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992.  [Alliance to Save Energy]

The latest global climate negotiations just finished. Here’s what happened.

The latest round of global climate negotiations just concluded in the coal city of Katowice, Poland. This was the 24th meeting of the “conference of the parties” (COP) to the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change — and the most important meeting since COP 21, the 2015 Paris agreement. [Washington Post]

A Big Win on Climate Change and Clean Transportation

In December, the governors of nine states and the District of Columbia announced that their states will establish a regional “cap and invest” program to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector and invest in clean transportation solutions. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

DC to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2032

The Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Act of 2018, one of the toughest laws on clean energy in the nation, was passed unanimously by the D.C. Council in December. In addition to the renewable energy target, the bill outlines strict energy efficiency requirements for new and existing buildings, provides tax incentives for the use of electric cars and allows the mayor to implement carbon fees on gas sales, as well as work with Maryland and Virginia to reduce regional emissions. [WTOP]

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